There has been a lot of controversy regarding the recent NFL protests. Many people are misconstruing the players’ protest against police brutality as a protest against the United States Flag. While many self-described patriots feel that kneeling during the National Anthem is disrespectful to the flag, there is, in fact, a United States Flag Code
that proves them wrong. This code, while not a strict law, is a guide that outlines how the flag should be used for ceremonies and public display in a respectful manner and while it is recommended that civilians stand for the Anthem, it does not prohibit or discourage kneeling of any sort. However, there are several instances that these same individuals practice regularly that are deemed as disrespectful according to the US Flag Code.
Minister Farrakhan pointed this fact out in a recent Facebook video
. He used his address about the US Flag Code to point out the blatant hypocrisy of punishing or ostracizing people like Colin Kaepernick for demonstrating during the anthem. In Minister Farrakhan’s words, he said that “when my brother takes a knee and his brothers join him, the president of the United States calls us ‘sons of bitches’.”
His point has been reported on last month by various media outlets and if one reads the code, it is clear that kneeling is not directly disrespectful to the flag or anthem. However, printing the flag on paper products, displaying the flag on a flagpole at night without proper lighting and holding the flag flat or horizontally (which is common at NFL halftime shows) are all deemed disrespectful. It is very shameful to call citizens and their mothers profane names on national television, or as Farrakhan put it, “those are fighting words, brother.” With all of the lies and half-truths coming out of the current White House, this fight is sure to continue.